"Poetry is my passion. It is my art. It is my love, it is my first love, my love beyond all loves, beyond romantic love. It's as necessary for me as breathing is necessary for me. I can't live without it."
Are you passionate about your art? What would happen if you could no longer create works of art? Would a part of you die? For me, my writing is a part of who I am. And I agree with Chin that it is as important as breathing. If I could no longer write, I would not be happy and a part of me would wither and die. I need to feel the creative juices flowing through my body. And hear my voice speaking to the universe.
Here is Marilyn Chin reading her poem, The Floral Apron.